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BGR: Next Generation iPhone With “Radical New Case Design”

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According to BGR, a reliable source tells them that the next-generation will offer a new form factor,  bringing a “radical new case design” for the iPhone. In addition, the source says that  Apple may be preparing for an event in early or mid August to introduce the next iPhone, and will become  available in the last week of August.

While Apple has indeed been giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals — BGR has independently confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will not merely be an upgraded iPhone 4 as had been previously rumored. We have been told by a reliable source to expect a radical new case design for the upcoming iPhone. We have not been given any additional details surrounding the design of the new iPhone case, though.

This new report from BGR does contradicts a number of other reports suggesting that the next-gen iPhone will be nearly identical to the iPhone 4, with improvements mainly to the internals of the device. Also, the other reports have suggested  that the next-gen iPhone won’t appear until the September-October timeframe.

In the past, BGR has reported accurately on  Apple’s iOS updates and offered some accurate information regarding Apple’s retail store operations. However,  the site has been less accurate with other recent claims.

Motorola Announces The Android Powered Xoom Tablet In India

Motorola Xoom is the first tablet powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. This device was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Motorola Xoom sports a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Wi-Fi connectivity, Full HD (1080p) video playback and so on.

Acer already announced the India’s first Android Honeycomb powered tablet, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in early-May. Even the BlackBerry PlayBook and HTC Flyer are already up for pre-order in India. But, we have a good news for those, who are eagerly waiting for the launch of the much-awaited Motorola Xoom tablet in India. Motorola India recently announced the Xoom tablet and it is expected to release by the end of this month.

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Motorola XOOM redefines what the tablet experience should be. Designed from the ground up with the consumer in mind, it provides more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive while on the go,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head for Sales and Operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Motorola Xoom will come with the Android 3.0 OS in India, instead of the Android 3.1 OS. But, Motorola will roll out the Android 3.1 update via OTA (Over-The-Air) soon after the launch. The price of this handset is still unknown. Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi is available in the US for $599, so the price of this tablet in India is expected be around Rs.30,000-32,000.

Motorola Xoom, HTC Flyer and BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to launch in India, by the end of this month. Which device you are planning to buy? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

BlackBerry PlayBook Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.27,990

Last year, BlackBerry announced its first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook. This device is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. It comes with a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and much more.

This handset is already available in the US from April 2011. We have a good news for those, who are eagerly waiting to get this amazing tablet in India. Tradus, a popular online retailer is currently taking the pre-order of the BlackBerry Playbook in India. This device will be available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants. The price of BlackBerry PlayBook starts at Rs.27,990 for the 16 GB version and goes up to Rs.37,990 for the 64 GB version. Check out the complete price-list below.

  • Blackberry Playbook 16GB: Rs.27,990
  • Blackberry Playbook 32GB: Rs.32,990
  • Blackberry Playbook 64GB: Rs.37,990

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Lately, Gadgets have been ruling the consumer space and we are glad to bridge the gap between our customers & their gizmo needs, by offering this sensation from Blackberry. With over 10 tablets already pre-booked on Tradus.in, we are very confident that the demand of this tablet will only continue to rise.says Rahul Sethi, President, e-commerce, Tradus.in.

BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording and more.

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

You will also get an additional discount of Rs.500 by using the gift voucher code “BBPR16” during checkout. Blackberry Playbook will be launched in India on June 22, 2011. Tradus will start dispatches on June 24, 2011. To pre-order the BlackBerry PlayBook, head over to this page at Tradus.

Google Chromebooks Up For Sale on Amazon and BestBuy

A few months ago, Google made a bold move to enter the Netbook market with a new web-based OS called . In the initial months, Google gave out free netbooks to few users called as Cr-48. I was one of the few lucky users to get my hands-on the Cr-48 netbook and found it pretty usable while travelling and performing tasks such as creating documents, emailing and more.

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Last month, Google announced retail availability of Chromebooks in partnership with Samsung and Acer at the Google I/O 2011 conference. The sales of the Chromebooks were slated to begin by June 15, and today Google has officially announced that the Chromebooks are available for sale on Amazon and BestBuy.

Chromebooks are available from two manufactures currently; Samsung and Acer. Samsung has already released their version. However, Acer is yet to make their Chromebooks available for sale.

Samsung Chromebooks are available on Amazon starting at $429.99 for the Wi-Fi version and $499.99 for the 3G version. They are available in two colors: Black and Titan Silver. Acer Chromebooks might be available later this month, however, there is no fixed date yet.

So go ahead and browse through the available selection of Chromebooks at Amazon.

Apple iPad 3 Coming This Christmas with 6x Better Resolution Than iPad 2

According to a report from Reuters, Apple has scheduled to launch iPad 3 in Q4 of this year. iPad 3 is expected to have a surprisingly impressive 6x the resolution of the current iPad 2.

It does sounds interesting and makes you think “wow”, but I guess that’s quite a high increase in resolution and as a matter of fact that display will be way too expensive and completely unnecessary.

Apple iPad Launch

There have been rumors earlier that focused on Apple’s iPad 3 display. Some claim that the next-generation table could have 3D screen. It is also rumored that Apple was plans on Samsung’s AMOLED panels for the iPad 3.

AMD A-Series APUs Announced; Promises 10.5 Hours of Battery Life

Today, AMD has announced its next-generation of APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit) for users who need more computing power.

AMD offers the new A-series of APUs in two dual-core and five quad-core flavors. The clock speed of these APUs start from 1.9GHz and go all the up to 2.5GHz, under Turbo mode. The Turbo mode kicks in automatically under conditions of heavy load.

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The AMD A-Series APU represents an inflection point for AMD and is perhaps the industry’s biggest architectural change since the invention of the microprocessor,said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. It heralds the arrival of brilliant all-new computing experiences, and enables unprecedented graphics and video performance in notebooks and PCs. Beginning today we are bringing discrete-class graphics to the mainstream.

The A4 range of APUs come with a Radeon HD 6250G clocked at 400Mhz, while the A6 range of chips pack in a Radeon 6250G clocked at 400Mhz. The top rung A8 range of APUs comes with a Radeon HD 6620G, running at 444MHz.

The Radeon chips inside the A series APU are DirectX 11 compatible, and even support standards like HDMI 1.4a, Display Port 1.1 and USB 3.0 and multi-monitor support.

AMD also claims that an A-series APU powered notebook will provide users with a staggering battery life of 10.5 hours. HP has already announced 11 new laptops powered by these new APUs from AMD, scheduled to be launched sometime in June-end, early July.

Asus EEE Pad Transformer to See Record Sales in June; Second Only to the iPad 2

The iPad 2 has seen the highest sales, much higher than any single Android tablet since it launched. While there have been several tablets available in the past months, only a few have been selling well.

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer was launched a couple of months back, but has been in short supply. There have been supply shortages due to high demand. It’s also priced quite well, at $399, which makes it a budget Android tablet.

Today, Jerry Shen, CEO, Asus, stated that the company will be shipping 300,000 units of the Asus EEE Pad Transformer, which is much higher than the expected sales of most other Android tablets, except maybe the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which may see an initial bump in sales in its launch month.

Johnny Shih, Chairman, Asus, said that the demands for the EEE Pad Transformer remain strong even when other tablet suppliers have cut shipment goals.

Asus EEE Pad Transformer

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1 GHz, and comes with 1 GB RAM. It has 16 GB internal storage and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, with an upgrade to Android 3.1 on the way. It also has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel, IPS display. It comes with a keyboard dock as well, which converts it into a usable laptop.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O Edition Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Now

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition tablets. Samsung and Google gave these tablets as gifts to each of the Google I/O attendees.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Tab 10.1 brings some much needed performance and stability improvements. The update also brings new features like USB host functionality, unlimited number of apps in the multi-tasking pane, inline HTML5 playback and the ability to resize widgets.

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The update also adds the Google Books app, and removes some apps like the Amazon, Kindle, Samsung Apps, Music Hub and WeatherBug. Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition owners, who have rooted their device, need not worry as the update preserves your root access.

Users who have not got the OTA update notification, can manually pull the update from Samsung’s server by going to About Tablet> Software Updates option. Users also need to create a Samsung account, before they can download and install the OTA update. Tab owners should make sure that they have not encrypted the data on their device, before installing the update.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition is also slated to receive an update in the future, which will replace the stock Android installation on the device with TouchWIZ 4.0.

HP Reveals TouchPad Pricing And Launch Dates

HP has officially revealed the launch date for the much awaited TouchPad tablet running webOS. Lucky folks in the U.S can expect it on July 1st, with a staggered release for the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Ireland in the near days after and Canada on the calendar for mid-July. The device will be available from the usual retailers (Best Buy, Staples and Walmart to name a few) and while there is no word on carriers picking it up immediately, HP did mention a partnership with AT&T to deliver a “connected” version later on in the summer – hopefully this means it will be 4G LTE compatible for faster data rates.

Although the previous rumor pegged the TouchPad in the $699 range, HP has also confirmed model pricing to be $499 for the 16GB version and $599 for the 32GB version. The TouchPad is expected to be shipping with the latest release of webOS, 3.0, which brings along Touch-to-Share with the Pre 3 or Veer smartphones – allowing users to simply place their phones on the display of the tablet to quickly pass along an open webpage.

At the heart of the TouchPad is webOS, a mobile platform written entirely with the “connected web” in mind. With multitasking, a flash capable browser and a growing ‘App Catalog’, HP is looking to fit into the tablet market somewhere between the Apple iPad 2 and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

For more information and official statement see HP Palm’s Official Blog for the press release and a full list of retailers.

HTC Flyer Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.37,999

HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. The HTC Flyer was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Most of the Android powered tablets launched in 2011, runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet devices. But, the HTC Flyer runs on the old Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

To solve this problem, HTC earlier said that, the HTC Flyer will get the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update, shortly after launch. We have a good news for the folks, eagerly waiting to get the HTC Flyer in India. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India, is currently taking pre-orders for the HTC Flyer in India. This device is expected to be available during the end of June.

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HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS), HTC Sense UI, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

Sadly, the HTC Flyer will not come with the stylus. To take advantage of the HTC Scribe technology, you will need to purchase the stylus separately. The price of the stylus in India is still unknown. HTC Flyer is currently available for pre-order at Flipkart for Rs.37,999. This device will release on the 4th week of June. To pre-order the HTC Flyer, head over to this page.

BlackBerry Playbook Gets A Software Update; Adds Some Nifty Features!

RIM (Research In Motion) has started rolling out a new software update for its first ever tablet the Playbook. The new software update brings some performance enhancements and stability improvements.

The update also includes an updated Facebook book application, optimized for the Playbook. With this update, Playbook users can also charge the tablet whilst it’s fully powered off. The tablet will also display an error if an incompatible charger is used to charge it.

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RIM has also added a small but handy power menu, when a user taps on the battery icon. The power menu provides users with options to shut down, restart or put the Playbook on Standby mode, along with a brightness slider.

The update also brings in-app payments support to all Playbook compatible apps. RIM has also updated the developer tools with support for in-app payments.

Aside from the changes stated above, the video call quality has also been tweaked, with support for TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT).   Some additional language support for the tablet has also been included.

Sadly, this update does bring the much awaited Mail app to the Playbook. Until the next update arrives, Playbook users still need to use their BlackBerry handset to sync mails between these RIM devices.

MSI Unveils the WindPad 100A Android and WindPad 110W Windows 7 Tablet at Computex 2011

MSI is showing off a lot of new devices at Computex this year. We already posted about the WindPad Enjoy 7 and Enjoy 10 budget Android tablets, but they weren’t the only launches by MSI today.

MSI also unveiled two more tablets – the MSI WindPad 110W, a 10 inch Windows 7 tablet and the MSI WindPad 100A, a 10 inch Android tablet.

MSI WindPad 110W Windows 7 Tablet

The MSI WindPad 110W has a 10.1 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It runs Windows 7 and is powered by the AMD Brazos processor with Radeon HD 6250 graphics. It has 2 GB RAM and offers a 64 GB SSD. Its battery lasts for over 6 hours and it has dual cameras. It weighs 850 gms and comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and USB ports.

MSI WindPad 100A Android Tablet

The MSI WindPad 100A has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IP display as well. It is powered by a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor and has 1 GB RAM. It will come with 32 GB internal storage and offers 8 hrs of battery life. It has a weight of 720 gms and comes with SD card support and USB ports. It will likely run Android 3.0/3.1 Honeycomb.

No pricing details have been revealed yet.

MSI WindPad 110W

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MSI Launches WindPad Enjoy 7 and Enjoy 10 Android Tablets

MSI hasn’t seen much success with its tablet offerings, or its line of laptops for that matter, but it looks like it’s trying hard to change that.

A lot of new Android devices have been launched this year, at Computex, including the Viewsonic ViewPad 7X and 10Pro.

Today, MSI also launched two new tablets – the WindPad Enjoy 7 and the WindPad Enjoy 10.

The WindPad Enjoy 10 is a 10 inch tablet with a display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It has 4 GB internal storage and is powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It also offers 512 MB RAM. It has dual 2 MP cameras and can play back 1080p video. It will be priced at $299.

The WindPad 7 is a 7 inch tablet with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It has the same specifications – 1.2 GHz processor, 4 GB internal storage and 512 MB RAM. It will be priced even lower, possibly around the $249 mark.

Both the tablets run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is surprising considering that every new Android tablet is running Android Honeycomb. They say that they preferred Android 2.3 Gingerbread over 3.0 Honeycomb for its broader compatibility, but both the tablets don’t even support Android Market, so I’m confused. The tablets are good, and they might even include some workaround to install apps, but the lack of Android Market support is a big downer.

MSI ViewPad ENjoy 7 and Enjoy 10

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Asus Transformer Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Leaks

The Asus Transformer is a pretty popular Android Honeycomb based tablet, thanks to its dock able keyboard. The tablet is out of stock at almost all major stores and online retailers.

When Google announced the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, Asus stated that the Transformer will get the update sometime in early June. Now, for the impatient Transformers users, the Android 3.1 update has leaked on the Internet. Apparently, the leaked update is the final build!

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Asus Transformer users, who flashed the update on their tablet, report an increase in performance, some bug fixes, and major improvement in the 3D performance of the tablet. The Android 3.1 update for the Transformer will also bring USB host capabilities, better HTML5 rendering, resizable widgets on the home screen and   the task switcher is not limited to just five apps now.

The process to update the tablet to Android 3.1 is a pretty simple one. The required steps can be found here. The problem is that Asus has requested majority of forums to remove the leaked update. The update is still available in quite some websites, and a simple Google search will lead users to the required file.

Asus Unveils The First MeeGo Powered Netbook – X101

Asus has just unveiled a new Eee PC netbook at the Computex the X101. The X101 is the first ever netbook to ship with MeeGo as its default operating system.

The netbook is powered by an Intel Atom N435 processor clocked at 1.33GHz. The X101 is insanely thin at only 17.6mm and weighs only 950g. It will pack a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600.

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ASUS evolves the Eee PC further with new models that take netbooks to ever-greater heights. The new Eee PC X101 has been designed from the start to be the perfect ultraportable for modern mobile users, with its Intel ® MeeGo operating system incorporating full support for a wide range of social networking services.

The X101 will also pack in 2 USB ports, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth. Asus will provide users with an option to replace the traditional hard disk with an SSD. The netbook is powered by a 2600mAh battery.

Asus will ship the X101 netbook in two variants one with Windows 7 as its default one, and the other one with MeeGo OS. The MeeGo model of the X101 is expected to cost around $200 only!

Sadly, Asus did not mention anything about the release date of the X101 netbook.